NBA Notes: Kevin Durant, Jay-Z partner up

NBA Notes: Kevin Durant, Jay-Z partner up
June 8, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Kevin Durant, who averaged 28.1 points per game this season, is partnering with Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports. (USA Today Images)

According to a report, the Sixers have interest in Miami's Dave Fizdale and Denver's Melvin Hunt to be the team's next head coach (see story).

The Sixers are getting a closer look at a few local prospects as the team will work out Temple's Khalif Wyatt and St. Joe's C.J. Aiken (see story).

Here are some news and notes around the league:

Thunder: Durant, Jay-Z team up
Roc Nation Sports and Jay-Z may be newcomers when it comes to athlete representation, but they've already scooped up some noteworthy clients during their first few months on the job.

Roc Nation's biggest move to date? Luring Kevin Durant away from Rob Pelinka and Landmark Sports Agency, as first reported by Liz Mullen at the Sports Business Journal, and via ProBasketballTalk.

Durant is coming off of the most productive season of his career, one in which he averaged 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Finishing second in the race for the league's scoring title, Durant also earned a spot in the exclusive 50-40-90 club, posting shooting averages of 51.0 percent from the field, 41.6 percent from three and 90.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Magic: Reportedly shopping No. 2 pick
The NBA Draft is less than three weeks away, which means the rumor mill is beginning to churn.

While speculation surrounds which direction the Cleveland Cavaliers will go with the No. 1 overall pick, the Orlando Magic have a decision to make regarding the second pick.

According to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic are shopping the No. 2 pick.

With the 2013 draft class considered the weakest of the last decade, it makes sense for the Magic to scan the market.

However, the fact that this draft is so shallow means the Magic may have a hard time obtaining adequate return value for the pick.

Heat: Wade says Game 2 a must-win
The Miami Heat are in a 1-0 series hole after letting Game 1 of the NBA Finals slip through their fingers.

Having already surrendered home-court advantage to the San Antonio Spurs, Dwyane Wade and the Heat will need to rebound in a big way on Sunday night.

Wade admitted, per ProBasketballTalk, that the Heat are entering must-win territory as they prep for Game 2:

“We’re not a team that really says too much, ‘This is a must win game.’ But this is a must win game," he said. "For us we have to win this game at home. We have to come out and play a lot better and we also expect San Antonio to play a lot better, shoot a lot better, a little better from what they did in Game 1.”

Leading by three heading into the fourth quarter of Game 1, the Heat offense mustered just 16 points in the final stanza. Tony Parker fell six points shy of equaling the Heat's output for the quarter, propelling the Spurs to a come-from-behind victory with some late-game heroics.

The Heat haven't lost back-to-back games since January.

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